Teaching Challenge: 43 Tips for 43 Years!

The World Ensemble is excited to launch its first Teaching Challenge: In honor of El Sistema‘s 43rd Birthday on 12 February, the World Ensemble is collecting 43 innovative Teaching Tips and Ideas from Sistema teachers around the world. Be a...
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Blue Ocean Shift Award Honors Paul McCandlin

In December 2017, The first “Global Blue Ocean Shift Award” was presented to Paul McCandlin for his work as conductor of the National Youth Orchestra of Iraq (NYOI) from 2009-2014, and described in his book Upbeat: The Story of the...
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Introducing Sangeet4All in India

Over the last five years, renowned Indian Classical musicians Shubendra and Saskia Rao have been developing a Sistema-like music program with Indian classical music for children living in poverty, as well as those with greater financial means. They have also...
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Celebrate Leonard Bernstein at 100 Together!

In 2018 the music world will celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of the American composer Leonard Bernstein. A brilliant opportunity dedicated to Sistema-Inspired projects will be to perform a special arrangement of “Somewhere” from “West Side Story.” Thanks to Bernstein’s daughter...
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YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus

YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus‘s alumni, now in different places in their lives, continue to meet and explore their roles in changing their realities. In the video below, they tell their stories by re-imagining a popular song, “יהיה בסדר” (Yihiyeh Beseder). Whether...
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El Sistema Hong Kong’s Program for the Elderly

El Sistema Hong Kong is building foundations for long-term growth. Director Melissa Nino (who grew up in Venezuela’s El Sistema) is training future faculty at the HKU School of Professional and Continuing Education and has launched its first string orchestra,...
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EDITORIAL: Should We Include Middle Class Kids?

It came up for the third time in a month, and this time loud and clear.  The setting was a first-ever Forum of Sistema-inspired organizations in South Korea.  The panel included seven presenters.  The government arts education agency KACES sponsored...
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Seminario in Palestine

The Palestinian Al Kamandjati Summer Orchestra Festival brought together students, international educators, and professional musicians for one week of rehearsals, sectionals, lessons, and other fun musical activities. After these days of intensive practice, the orchestra presented Beethoven’s Eighth Symphony for...
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